CalmConnect™ Reduced Off Task Behavior in Wayzata MN Elementary Schools by 80%

by , | Nov 5, 2020 | Blog, Reduce Off-Task Behavior

Wayzata School District is an award-winning district encompassing multiple communities in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

Recently named the #1 school district in MN by Niche, the Wayzata school district educates 5,029 elementary-aged students, and utilizes 8 elementary schools and 1 early learning center.

Study Objective and Design:

The objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of CalmConnect™ in reducing off-task behavior in elementary, neuro-typical classrooms. The study design was a “pre-post” design, measuring five metrics: not following directions, distracting behavior, talking out of turn/interrupting, moving out of the seat, and being disengaged. Pre-treatment data was collected for one
week (Feb 2018), with post-treatment data collected in weeks 1,3, 5, and 13.

Data was collected in four schools using grades PreK-4. One of the four schools was not exposed to
CalmConnect™ and was used as a control population.


CalmConnect™ = 81% reduction in all off-task behaviors
CalmConnect™ = 78% reduction in all off-task behaviors

Reduction in Off-Task Behavior

Data and results from this research were presented by Dr. Stacey Lacker (Director of Research and Evaluation,
Wayzata Public Schools) and Dr. Kieron Dey at the Minnesota School Psychologist Conference on January
24, 2019.


  • Roberta Scherf is a producer, writer, and speaker. Her own experience with Post-traumatic stress disorder and as the mother of a child with autism fueled her drive to understand the nervous system. Roberta’s curiosity, passion and commitment led to the design of an innovative non-pharmaceutical system that helps people to manage their own nervous system and behavior. She is the inventor of CalmConnect, the first patented behavioral health program to integrate music, patterns, the expressive features of emotion, and movement as part of a self-regulation program currently being used in thousands of school districts in the US and Canada, as well as therapy centers, hospitals, clinics, and homes around the world. She attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, studied Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and Russian, and spent years working with non-profit organizations. Roberta is the Co-Founder of PrioHealth LLC, and contributor to the book, “Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric, Trauma-Sensitive Practices,” edited by Dr. William Steele, (Routledge, 2017).

  • As the co-creator of CalmConnect and co-founder of PrioHealth LLC, Chris Bye has spent more than ten years developing programs to regulate the nervous system. He completed his undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College and his graduate work at UW-Madison and has a background in music and human development. He has taught numerous classes at UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, and the University of St.Thomas, including Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics. As a featured speaker, he has presented at numerous conferences and seminars on topics ranging from integrating movement and music into the classroom, reducing anxiety and depression in people of all ages, and using tools to help those struggling with a variety of challenges. One of the founders of the Fly Fishing Film Festival in River Falls, Wisconsin, Chris serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Kinni River Land Trust, and as an Officer with the MN Grouse Dog Association.